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Department of Molecular Biology

Department of Molecular Biology

Extending the Frontiers of Biology

University of Wyoming’s molecular biology program provides students with the education and research experience needed to excel in biological research and biotechnology. The emergence of molecular biology has blurred the distinctions previously drawn between biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, zoology, and botany by identifying the many common, unifying principles that are the essence of all life forms.  The goal of the Department of Molecular Biology at the University of Wyoming is to introduce students to these principles and undertake fundamental research to extend the frontiers of biology.

But our students are prepared for more than rural America. The world is more complex, and solving problems and being competitive in the work place requires new skills and new solutions. Our molecular biology degree students are educated with tools for success in the 21st Century. They are as comfortable working in the small towns of Wyoming as they are in Los Angeles, Houston, or New York City.


MOLB Happenings

From the Levy Lab
September 22, 2022 – Congratulations Dr. Sampada Mishra, for the successful defense of her dissertation titled “Nuclear F-actin: a novel regulator of nuclear shape”.
From the Boothby Lab
September 9, 2022 – The Boothby Lab recently received a NASA grant to study the effects of water loss on tardigrades. One of the goals of NASA’s Exobiology Notice of Funding Opportunity program is to understand how organisms can adapt to, colonize and survive in new or extreme environments. The Boothby Lab addresses this by looking at how these tiny little tardigrades are able to survive without water. Thomas Boothby expects the grant project to start in October and run through September 2025.
From the Park Lab
September 2022 – Congratulations Seungmee Jung for earning the Y cross ranch fellowship and Ashley Park for earning the Mary Mead Graduate Fellowship for Women in Agriculture.
From the Gomelsky Lab
September 1, 2022
  • Congratulations Giang Pham for passing her Prelim Exam with flying colors!
  • The Gomelsky lab welcomes Justus Nelson as a new M.S. student and Moe Saqib as a new M.A. student. Justus will work strengthening the fleet of listerial bactodrones to fight cancer. Moe will explore the connections between mental health and human microbiome.
  • Mark Gomelsky and Qian-Quan Sun have been awarded an R21 grant from NIH to develop new optogenetic tools for noninvasive neuronal regulation.
From the Gatlin Lab
Publication: August 17, 2022 – Sami, A. B., & Gatlin, J. C. (2022). Dynein-dependent collection of membranes defines the architecture and position of microtubule asters in isolated, geometrically confined volumes of cell-free extracts. Molecular Biology of the Cell, mbc-E22.
From the Wall Lab
August 2, 2022 – Congratulations Dr. Kalpana Subedi, from the Wall Lab, for the successful defense of her dissertation titled “Friend in need: Social cooperation repairs damaged siblings”.
From the Gatlin Lab
August 1, 2022 – Congratulations Dr. Sami Abdullah Bashar, from the Gatlin Lab, for the successful defense of his dissertation titled “Mechanisms of Microtubule-based Force Generation”.
From the He Lab
July 29, 2022 – Congratulations Dr. Yohannes Getiye Estifanos, from the He Lab, for the successful defense of his dissertation titled “Understanding CARD9-related innate immune response in chronic inflammation and cardiopulmonary remodeling”. Dr. Estifanos has accepted a postdoctoral position at the National Institute of Health and will soon move to Maryland.
From the Department
July 29, 2022 – UW Department of Molecular Biology is hosting the Front Range Cytoskeleton Conference on July 29th from 10 am – 6 pm at the Business School Auditorium.
  • Kaylan Shilling, PhD candidate will give a talk entitled "Subcellular “Net”working in Alphaproteobacteria Driven by N-terminal Molecular Recognition Feature"
  • AsimicA CEO Nik Mushnikov will give a talk entitled "The asymmetric polarity of microbial cells as a novel biotechnological tool"
From the Levy Lab
Publication: July 4, 2022 – Mishra, S., Levy, D.L. (2022). Nuclear F-actin and lamin A antagonistically modulate nuclear shape. Journal of Cell Science, 135(13):jcs259692. Also, an image from the paper was selected for the cover of the issue!
From the Bowman Lab
July 2022 – The Bowman Lab's NSF Proposal entitled "Bacterial stem cells for enhancing biodiesel production from lignocellulosic feedstocks" was formally recommended for funding.
From the Levy Lab
July 2022 – Dan Levy and John Oakey received the following grant from NASA for $100,000: On-Chip Tissue Models for Experimental Carcinogenesis Under Controlled Radiation Exposure.
From the Bowman Lab
June 2022 – Yasin Ahmed PhD Candidate from the Bowman Lab, gave a 5 minute Rapid Fire Presentation at ASM Microbe in Washington D.C. entitled "Phase-separated membraneless organelle modulates cellular asymmetry via phosphoregulatory pathway in Caulobacter crescentus". Further, he began his second term as American Society of Microbiology Young Ambassador for the State of Wyoming.
From the Wall Lab
June 26, 2022 – Dan Wall will serve as invited session chair at the Gordon Research Conference on Bacterial Cell Surfaces held at Mount Snow, Vermont, June 26-July 1.

Our Seminars

The Molecular Biology Department’s Seminar Program is one of the very best on campus. We make a strong effort to bring in visiting scientists who can provide an entertaining, enlightening, and current research report on an important area of molecular biology.

The MOLB Friday Seminr roster for Fall 2022 is now available on our seminar page. Coming up next:

Speaker: Matt Welch, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology

Seminar: Manipulation of host cell structures by microbial pathogens

Date: September 30, 2022

Time: 2:10 p.m.

Location: Berry Center Auditorium - Room 138

Location: Berry Center Auditorium - Room 138

Sick? Quarantined? DO NOT ATTEND IN PERSON - USE ZOOM (email for the link)



Contact Us

Molecular Biology
University of Wyoming
Department #3944
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-3300
Fax: (307) 766-5098

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